SOMBA Tigers pitchers coming on strong

Penticton baseball clubs, SOMBA Tigers, improving steadily.

SOMBA Jr. Tigers pitcher Nathaniel Woods.

SOMBA Jr. Tigers pitcher Nathaniel Woods.

Baseball Tigers go 2-2 over weekend

SOMBA Tigers split weekend games with a lot of upside shown from a young squad said coach Junior Deleon.

“Our pitchers threw well and allowed us to stay in all our games this past weekend,” said Deleon of the double-headers against kamloops and Chilliwack.

The Tigers were a couple of clutch hits and a few less errors from going 4-0.

Taylor Kanke threw well in a loss to Kamloops in the first game and Brad Fleming had a great outing in Game 2 of the double-header keeping the Tigers in it to the bottom of the seventh. Treven Stetsko made a good tag to prevent a run from scoring and having the River Dawgs go up a run in the top half of the seventh, only to have him be the one to have the game-winning hit in the bottom half.

Matt Brodt threw to his pitch count limit and left in a tie ball game in the seventh inning of the first of two games against Chilliwack. With the bases loaded the Tigers were unable to plate the winning run and lost 7-4 in 9 innings versus Chilliwack for the second time this season.

Brett Fleming pitched well in the final game only unloading the ball 90 times in the win.

“It was an excellent weekend for the Tigers as it showed the depth of the team by not only having the top half of the line up come through. The boys hit the ball quite well up and down the line up with Jade Houle, being the spark plug that this team needs coming through for most of the weekend,” said Deleon.

SOMBA Jr Tigers take two

The SOMBA Jr. Tigers cleared the field every chance they were given last weekend winning both in the double-header against Kelowna.

Nathaniel Woods pitched the first game, dominating by putting 13 strikeouts on the board in five innings to help the Tigers to a 13-1 victory.

Both teams started off strong in the second game, tied 3-3 after the first inning. The Tigers then turned on the heat with the help of Austin Groot throwing strikes, solid defence and connecting at the plate. The Tigers pulled away winning the game 14-4.

Coach Dan Harvey said the team has improved incredibly over a short period of time. He said although the players are all hitting the ball, there is room for more improvement with strength and accuracy.

“What I am most proud of is how these players have gelled as a team,” said Harvey. “I believe in every player and they believe in themselves. This will take us a long way.”